Gorgeous red oriental poppies put on a wonderful display every June, this is my attempt at capturing the beauty in watercolours.

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico cold pressed paper, the original measures 15″ × 22″.

Original work available.

I have a passion for watercolours and love to play with colour, exploring the effect of combining pigment and water on the paper. Challenging the traditional view that watercolours are pale and washy, I love vibrant colour used in exciting combinations. I am especially drawn to flowers, their three dimensional forms presenting endless challenges.

I won the SAA Amateur Artist of the Year 2012 for my painting “Cosmic Poppies”.

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  • Ann Mortimer
    Ann Mortimerabout 4 years ago

    I like the in and out of focus effect on this, Ruth. They are always spectacular when they are out and you’ve done them justice!

  • Thank you Ann, I was trying hard to keep this soft and resist my natural urge to paint every tiny detail!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Stunning! So beautifully done.

  • Thank you so much Marsha

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful color combinations and enjoy the easy flow…

  • Sally, thank you for taking the time to look and comment, much appreciated!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Marsha Free
    Marsha Freeabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! This is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

  • Thank you so much Marsha.

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyabout 4 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thank you Susan

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous. A fabulous work of art.

  • Bunny, you are always so generous with your praise, thank you!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Diane Hall
    Diane Hallabout 4 years ago

    Lovely presentation Ruth, beautiful colors and flow.

  • Thank you Diane!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your RB feature!! In all about flowers.
    I notice they don’t have a banner to let you know :)

  • Thank you for letting me know Penny!

    – Ruth S Harris

    ANNETTE HAGGERabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you for this honour Annette!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much for this honour Janis!

    – Ruth S Harris

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